The Partnership for Affordable Content is a grant for faculty and instructors to work with library staff and find low cost alternatives to expensive textbooks and other materials.

Textbook and course materials costs are hard for students.

Nationally, the average undergraduate student spends over $1,200 a year on textbooks and other course materials. The University Libraries help faculty and instructors find and use alternative, high quality, low cost materials in their courses, and save students money.

Faculty and instructors can apply for a competitive grant to work with library staff to bring affordable, high quality content options into their courses as an alternative to high cost commercial textbooks and other expensive course materials.

How to apply

All current faculty and instructors teaching courses at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities can apply for the grant. Application instructions are on the call for proposals page. Applications are being accepted now.

Information sessions

Contact and set up a one-on-one session to learn more about the Partnership for Affordable Content.

More affordable options

Faculty and instructors work with librarians to select and use new, high quality, and cost effective content for their courses. The new materials include:

  • freely available open textbooks
  • library licensed resources, like ejournals and ebooks
  • lawful determinations of fair use
  • open education resources
  • and faculty created, openly licensed materials.

Librarians also help faculty and instructors deliver these new materials to students through various online tools, like library developed services and Moodle.

Application selection criteria

Proposals are reviewed in the Libraries by eLearning Support Initiative Librarians, subject liaison librarians, and Libraries administration. Grants are awarded based on criteria like:

  • potential student savings,
  • innovative course materials,
  • the use of open textbooks or open education resources,
  • and sustainability of the new materials in other semesters.

More information, application instructions, and a complete list of criteria, can be found on the call for proposals page.


Contact Kristi Jensen and Shane Nackerud at with questions or comments about the Partnership for Affordable Content.